Recurrence (2022) The Ending Explained – Who Killed Samantha Sosa?

Recurrence Plot Synopsis

“Recurrence” is an Argentine crime thriller featuring characters imagined by author Florencia Etcheves. This is the third part of director Alejandro Montiel’s “Pipa” trilogy, after “Perdida” and “Intuition”.

The film’s protagonist, Manuela Pipa Pelari is a former violent crime investigator who now works on a farm and resides with her son Tobias in the quaint little town of La Quebrada in northern Argentina. Pipa left the police department following the trauma caused by the disappearance of her former partner and drug trafficker Cornelia Villalbas, as featured in ‘Perdida’. She felt miserable and trapped, and her life was slowly falling apart. His aunt Alicia eventually takes him to the beautiful valley of La Quebrada.

The stern woman who made it through her tenure in the Federal Police Department by breaking laws and hiding skeletons in her closet had decided to change the course of her life. Pipa has discovered calm, a chance to start fresh and a place to let her guard down in the small Argentinian village.

The recidivism begins with the death of Samantha Sosa, a 16-year-old girl discovered in a burned state. Alicia persuades Pipa to transform into herself. Pipa embraces who she was and embarks on a dangerous quest to find out the truth about what happened. “Who killed her and why? are the concerns that run throughout the film and lead to new discoveries.

Although various plot twists depicting rogue villagers and officers distracted viewers from the storyline for a time, the ending ended up explaining some of the film’s shortcomings. It also included a lot of action, which is very important in thriller movies.


What does the landscape of Recurrence symbolize?

The film begins beautifully and elegantly, with gorgeous landscape views and jaw-dropping aerial shots illustrating the remoteness and desolation of the terrain. This splendor quickly passes to the discovery of a deceased young woman, with officers arriving to investigate. It was indeed a perfect approach to start the narrative as it wasted no time and dive right into the case that would become the center of the story.

The frame can be interpreted as a metaphor for the inhabitants of the city. Despite the beautiful backdrop, the land is isolated and deserted, with cacti, the only plant dominating the desert, much like the Carrera family who rule the city. The Carrera family, who also control the police, kill anyone who stands in their way.

For most parts of the film, the townspeople seem disconnected, much like the film’s desolate terrain.


Why does Pipa choose to investigate the mystery of Samantha Sosa’s death?

Sami’s death disturbed Pipa as it reminded her of the death of her close friend Cornelia Villalba. Pipa has a tumultuous past. She worked in the violent crimes unit of the police department. Cornelia was a drug dealer, but Pipa let her go because she expected her to come to her senses and change her ways.

After Cornelia’s murder, Pipa blamed herself for not reporting Cornelia, despite knowing the truth. In the end, Pipa goes to great lengths to bring justice to Sami, as she tries to solve Samantha’s case to make up for Cornelia’s murder. She was even ready to die in the process. She was so consumed with remorse that she didn’t even think about what would happen to her son Tobias if she died.


What was the original theory behind Samantha’s death?

Samantha’s disappearance is the main suspense for the majority of the film.

The initial theory is that she stole the necklace and then drank heavily in a shed. As she slept, the flames she created hit the ceiling. It was assumed that Samantha was dead when the shed burned down following the ignition of the flames.


Who Killed Samantha Sosa?

Paredes arrived at Pipa’s farm the night Samantha was murdered, claiming to be looking for a cougar. Afterwards, when Pipa asked if he had attended the Carreras party, he said no. Later, Pipa appears to have an epiphany and she concludes that Luis must have been lying since he was well dressed when he arrived at her house to ask permission to search the cougar.

When she confronts him, he admits to murdering the girl. He explains that he had no intention of doing so. Someone else told him to chase her, and while trying to silence her screams, he kept his mouth shut too long and choked her. Pipa asks Luis to surrender, but he runs away when Rufino approaches.


What evidence does Samantha’s cell phone have?

The cell phone is a crucial plot device throughout the storyline. In the last part of the film, we learn what really happened. The police search for a critical piece of evidence on Sami’s cell phone, and eventually, while monitoring the GPS, they discover that the mobile is now with Pippa’s son, Tobias. When the cops come looking for Tobi and his companions, he manages to get away and reaches Alicia’s house.

Pipa watches a clip on the cellphone that reveals two disturbing and crucial details. Sami was seen snooping when she caught the Carrera siblings having sex, proving their incestuous relationship. Also, a friend caught them and Mecha murdered him to keep the secret hidden. However, when she found Sami filming, she urged her mother to fix it, which resulted in her death.


Why does Cruz commit suicide?

Sami’s friend claims that Cruz gave Samantha the supposedly stolen necklace while he was having fun with her in an attempt to make his sister jealous. The ex-cop goes to a party organized by the Carreras. There, she quietly confronts the teenager. When Cruz discovers that Sami is dead, he is shocked.

Luis visits Etelvina and the two have a conversation about Sami. Cruz overhears their conversations and he threatens to expose his mother. She explains that she simply took these measures to ensure her safety.

When Cruz goes to lodge a complaint, Melino tells him to go home because nobody would believe his testimony.

Cruz commits suicide in the swimming pool of the Carrera house, where he is drugged and plagued by guilt for his inability to find the solution.

Cruz’s suicide marked the beginning of Recurrence’s final act. This happened at the same time Mecha admitted to killing Paco. In the film’s final act, the video of Cruz and Mecha becomes a central topic of discussion.


Why was Alicia killed?

Melino visits Alicia while Pipa arrives at her house. He searches for Tobias and the cell phone with the controversial video. He is accompanied by his two armed non-commissioned officers. Alicia met them there with a stern look.

During an argument over the search for Tobias, who the commander believes had shot one of his men, violence erupts. Alicia refuses to give out Tobias’ cell phone or location. When she finally raises a shotgun towards one of them, the deputy immediately shoots her.

The Deputy taunts the dying Alicia until Pipa attacks her. She ends up killing him after a fight, but not without receiving one more shot. As Alicia breathes her last, she and Pipa exchange a heartfelt goodbye.

How do Pipa and Tobias end up in the tunnel?

The dying Alicia urged Pipa and Tobias to flee after Pipa broke in and killed a policeman inside the house. Melino orders his deputies to find Pipa and frame her for Alicia’s murder. One of them separates to stay at home, while the others search for the phone.

After Pipa watches the ghastly footage, she and Tobias head to the border. They run into the cops trying to track her down. Pipa and Tobias reunite at an old mine after a brief car chase, where Pipa tells Rafino what’s going on.

Melino and the other cops show up at the abandoned mine and chase her there, hoping that with her injuries she will be easy to find. Following a hug and a warning from Pipa to flee, Tobias nearly leaves.


Does Recurrence have a happy ending?

Melino stands over Pipa with his gun pointed at her, confessing that he was only involved in the murder to protect his son, Cruz. Tobias appears at this exact moment and is seen holding the cell phone and holding a gun. He aims it at Melino, but Pipa, on the other hand, persuades him to lay down his gun and hand the phone to Melino.

Pipa shot the captain as she bent down to pick up the phone. Pipa and Tobias hugged and celebrated their win in the ensuing scene.

The film ends with Rufino testifying in court about the events that transpired, followed by a brief edit and the final scene showing Pipa and Tobias on a cliff watching a sunset.

The film ends on a happy note, with the wrongdoers being punished and the crime finally solved.

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